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Jul
24
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Chrysler is back in the small-van business thanks to the 2015 Ram ProMaster City (right). How does it stack up to the company’s first small van, the 1964 Dodge A100? We compared the two.

This is all the Ram marketing folks’ fault. At the reveal event for the ProMaster City last month, sitting there in a corner of the tent was a meticulously restored Dodge A100. Though the Ram folks made no direct comparison between the two vehicles, the seeds were planted. How do the two diminutive, scrappy vans compare?

Jul
21
1972 Chevrolet Vega Hatchback

The 1972 Chevrolet Vega was only the third cheapest American car available in 1972. The hatchback model shown here listed for $100 more than the 2-door “sedan” shown below.

A buddy of mine and I used to play a game called “Full Retail Fun.” The game was simple enough, we grabbed a recent copy of  Consumer Guide® and tried to build to most expensive cars possible by tallying the prices of every available option.

Jul
18
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“Brougham” is just one of the 39 trim levels hidden in the word search below.

Has the summer heat got you down? Are you already tired of Weird Al Yankovic’s talk-show come-back tour? Well, here’s a chance to get away from it all. In fact, here’s a chance to get away from your computer. Just print out Classic -Car Word Search, Part 2: Trim Levels and set yourself down in a comfy chair. Your job, for the next hour or so, is to find 39 common trim level names, such as Brougham. Also buried below are two beloved Star Trek characters. Enjoy!

Classic-Car Word Search

Find 39 trim-level monikers and 2 Star Trek Characters. Some letters may be used twice.

Jul
16
1999

1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass

In 1991, Oldsmobile sold a lot of Cutlasses. That simple fact probably doesn’t surprise anyone, at least not until you realize that of the seven car models Olds offered in ’91, three were dubbed Cutlass.

Jul
14
1978

1978 Chevrolet Corvette

The third generation of “America’s Sports Car,” known casually as C3, was rolled out for the 1968 model year. Here we track the year-by-year changes to the C3 ’Vette, and pass along a few fun facts along the way.

Jul
10
1999 Ford Escort ZX2-4

1999 Ford Escort ZX2

The problem with selling small coupes in America is the inherent fickleness of the small-coupe buying public. More than in perhaps any other new-vehicle segment, small-coupe buyers embrace fresh designs above all other attributes.

Jul
08
Ram ProMaster City SLT Wagon

The compact Ram ProMaster City goes on sale this fall. An SLT Wagon is shown here.

Again tapping Fiat’s European-market product lineup, Chrysler’s Ram brand will begin selling a small front-drive van beginning late this year.

Jul
07
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Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Classic Brougham

What’s in a name? Sight unseen, would you be more likely to let Thurston Howell III borrow your comb, or some guy that goes by Gilligan? Would your sandwich taste better as croquet monsieur et gruyere, or as a ham and cheese?

Jul
02
2014 Mazda 6

With a 16.4-gallon fuel tank, and averaging over 30 mpg, the fuel gauge of Consumer Guide’s long-term Mazda 6 often reads near “full.”

We don’t trust the trip computers in our test cars. It is for that reason that Consumer Guide has always purchased our own fuel for test cars. There’s simply no better way to gauge the mileage of a vehicle than to actually measure the fuel being used.

Jun
30
2003

2003 Pontiac Sunfire

It’s said that you can’t make a first impression twice. It’s for that reason that when we meet people we care to impress we take pains to look good. We dress smartly, we’re cautious about what we say and how we say it, we may even worry about our posture.

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